Steve von Bergen

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Steve von Bergen
Steve von Bergen - Hertha BSC Berlin (2).jpg
Von Bergen with Hertha BSC in 2009
Personal information
Full name Steve von Bergen[1]
Date of birth (1983-06-10) 10 June 1983 (age 38)
Place of birth Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
1991–1996 Hauterive
1996–2000 Neuchâtel Xamax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Neuchâtel Xamax 126 (1)
2005–2007 Zürich 68 (0)
2007–2010 Hertha BSC 68 (0)
2008–2010 Hertha BSC II 4 (0)
2010–2012 Cesena 61 (0)
2012 Genoa 0 (0)
2012–2013 Palermo 35 (1)
2013–2019 Young Boys 184 (1)
National team
2003–2004 Switzerland U-21 25 (0)
2006–2016 Switzerland 50 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Steve von Bergen (born 10 June 1983) is a retired Swiss professional footballer who played as defender. He played for FC Zürich for two full seasons, winning the Swiss Super League in both campaigns and then moved to Hertha BSC, playing there for three years. He managed to establish himself as a regular on the Switzerland national football team, earning over 40 caps since his debut in 2006 and playing at two World Cups.

Club career[edit]


Von Bergen began in the youth division of FC Hauterive, before joining Neuchâtel Xamax in 2000. In summer 2005, Lucien Favre, then coach at FC Zürich, scouted the defender and brought him to the club. In his first season in Zürich, Von Bergen earned 36 caps and contributed to the clubs first championship since 1981. The following season, FC Zürich defended their title.

Hertha BSC[edit]

When Lucien Favre transferred to Hertha BSC in summer 2007, he brought von Bergen with him to the Bundesliga. Von Bergen made his debut in the German top division on the second match day against Arminia Bielefeld. During his first season in the German capital, Hertha finished tenth, but qualified for the UEFA Cup via fair-play rating. In the 2009–10, after the departure of Josip Šimunić, Von Bergen managed to establish himself as a regular in Hertha's starting formation.


After his contract in Berlin expired in June 2010, Von Bergen agreed to join newly promoted Italian Serie A club Cesena on a free transfer. At the end of 2011–12 Serie A, Cesena relegated.

In June 2012 he moved to Serie A club Genoa on a free transfer. His stay lasted only two months, as in August he was sold to fellow Serie A club Palermo for €1.7 million[3] in an exchange deal for Greek goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas (permanent for €600,000[3]) and Paraguayan striker Daniel Jara Martínez (on loan).[4] At the end of season Palermo relegated.

Return to Switzerland[edit]

On 19 June 2013, he moved to Young Boys for €850,000.[3][5]

He was part of the Young Boys squad that won the 2017–18 Swiss Super League, their first league title in 32 years.[6]

Von Bergen retired at the end of the 2018–19 season.[7]

International career[edit]

Von Bergen made his debut for the Swiss national team on 6 September 2006 against Costa Rica. He has been a constant member of the Swiss team, and was called to a preliminary squad for Euro 2008. Due to a broken hand, Von Bergen was not able to take part in the tournament.

Von Bergen was part of the Swiss national team at the 2010 World Cup. In the first match, where Switzerland shocked Spain 1–0,[8] Philippe Senderos was substituted in the 36th minute after injuring his ankle seriously in an accidental collision with a teammate, and Von Bergen replaced him. It was his first appearance in a major tournament.

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Von Bergen was himself substituted for Senderos after being injured in the 8th minute of the second group game against France. A high foot from Olivier Giroud fractured his cheekbone and he left the tournament to receive treatment back in Switzerland.[9]

He was part of the squad for the 2016 European Championships where the team achieved the best result reaching round of 16. [10]

International statistics[edit]

As of 25 June 2016[11]
Switzerland national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 1 0
2007 3 0
2008 1 0
2009 4 0
2010 10 0
2011 6 0
2012 7 0
2013 7 0
2014 8 0
2015 2 0
2016 1 0
Total 50 0


FC Zürich[12]

Young Boys


  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  2. ^ "S. von Bergen". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b c US Città di Palermo SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA (in Italian)
  5. ^ "VON BERGEN CEDUTO ALLO YOUNG BOYS" [VON BERGEN MOVED TO YOUNG BOYS] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Soccer – Young Boys end 32-year wait for Swiss title and end Basel dominance". Reuters. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  7. ^ "YB-Captain Steve von Bergen wird Familien-Kapitän". Schweizer Illustrierte (in German). 27 May 2019. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Swiss shock kings of Europe". 16 June 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  9. ^ "World Cup 2014: Switzerland's Steve von Bergen heads home". BBC Sport. 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Switzerland include three teenagers in final squad for Euro 2016". ESPN FC. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  11. ^ Steve von Bergen at
  12. ^ "Switzerland – S. von Bergen – Trophies". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 October 2014.

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